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FWC data show increase in bear population

June 10, 2015 

In the North BMU, the study shows the black bear population estimate is more than 500 bears, more than double the estimate from 2002. In the Central BMU, the population estimate is more than 1,200 bears, an increase of nearly 30 percent over the previous estimate. 

FWC, partners hosting boating safety event in Palm Beach County

June 10, 2015 

The boating safety event is from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday, June 13, at Phil Foster Park, 900 E. Blue Heron Blvd., Riviera Beach. 

Free hunter safety course offered in Leon County

June 10, 2015 

People interested in attending this course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at or by calling Hunter Safety Coordinator Will Burnett at the FWC’s regional office in Panama City at 850-265-3676. 

Free hunter safety Internet-completion course offered in Monroe County

June 09, 2015 

The course will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 21 at Kiffney’s Firearms & Indoor Range, 105910 Overseas Highway, Mile Marker 106, Key Largo. 

Man catches state-record blue catfish during tournament

June 04, 2015 

Bill Stewart, 66, of Weeki Wachee, caught a 69-pound, 8-ounce blue catfish on the Choctawhatchee River, near Ebro, during the Choctawhatchee Catfish Roundup tournament on May 30. He beat the previous state record by 5 pounds. 

Free hunter safety Internet-completion course offered in Broward County

June 03, 2015 

The course will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 13 at Markham Park Shooting Range, in the clubhouse near the trap and skeet fields, 16001 W. State Road 84, Sunrise. 

Summer camp means the livin’ and fishin’ are easy

June 03, 2015 

Hosted by the FWC and partners, these clinics enable young people to learn the basics of environmental stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills and safety. 

Hunter safety Internet-completion courses offered in July

June 02, 2015 

Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete the classroom portion must bring the online-completion report with them. 

Sturgeon collision on Suwannee River injures teen

June 02, 2015 

Heavyn L. Nash was riding with her mother and grandfather when a 4- to 6-foot sturgeon leapt out of the water and into the boat, hitting the girl, according to FWC officers. She was knocked unconscious.  

Free Nature Coast Kids’ Fishing Clinic promises day of learning, fun

June 02, 2015 

The FWC will offer a free Kids’ Fishing Clinic for children between the ages of 5 and 15 from 9 a.m. to noon June 13 at Senator George Kirkpatrick Marine Lab, 11350 SW 153rd Court in Cedar Key. 

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FWC Facts:
Black bears may look slow because they walk flat on their feet (called plantigrade) like people and travel with a shuffling gait, but they can run as fast as 30 miles an hour.

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